The Duchesne girls soccer team is headed back to the state semifinals after a one-year absence.
The Pioneers (11-8) got goals from four different players and rolled past Crossroads 4-0 in a Class 1 quarterfinal played Wednesday at Central Field in Forest Park.
“We were pressuring them early and we're happy to see goals go in,” Duchesne coach Pat Turner said. “It took a little bit to get on the board, but once we got them, they kept coming.”
The win put Duchesne into a Class 1 semifinal against Lone Jack (17-4) at 6 p.m. May 29 at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City.
Duchesne got on the board Wednesday when sophomore midfielder Sophia Goeke scored midway through the first half. Freshman forward Lena Mattingly and junior defender Bailey Stefanski added goals to help propel the Pioneers to the 3-0 halftime edge.
Freshman forward Josie Mattingly rounded out the scoring with a second half goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Belle Boschert made six saves to earn the shutout win.
The five-time champion Pioneers are in the state semifinals for the ninth time in program history. The last time was a Class 2 third-place finish in 2017, which came on the heels of four consecutive titles from 2013-16. They also won state in 2009.
“It's a young group, so we had to get them to buy in early,” Turner said. “There were times when we got kicked in the teeth a few games. We got some goals and have put together a nice string of games at the end of the year.”
Triad 8, Mattoon 0 • A six-goal first half propelled the Knights to win their Class 2A Civic Memorial Sectional semifinal at Bethalto Sports Complex.
Senior defender Katie Rogers and senior forward Jordan Wilson each scored a pair of goals for Triad (17-3-2) while sophomore midfielder Kylie Mazur, junior defender Sierra Schlemmer, junior forward Taylor Hawkes and freshman defender Avery Bohnenstiehl each added single tallies.
Junior goalkeeper Abbey Counts earned the win in goal while sharing the shutout with freshman Reagan Chigas.
The Knights, who are 12-0-2 in their last 14, take on Chatham Glenwood at 10 a.m. Saturday in the sectional championship.
“I'm proud of the way we started. We came out firing on all cylinders,” Triad coach Matt Bettlach said. “We'll use these next couple of days to work on a few things and prepare for a tough game.”
St. Vincent 2, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 1 (OT) • Kalli Seabaugh scored less than a minute into overtime as the two-time defending Class 1 champions edged the Blue Devils in the quarterfinal round for the third consecutive season.
The Blue Devils, who took the lead on a first-half goal, finished 15-7-1. They pushed St. Vincent much harder than in 5-0 quarterfinal losses the past two seasons.
St. Vincent (15-7) will play New Covenant (13-7) in a Class 1 state semifinal at 4 p.m. May 29 at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City.
Pleasant Hill 5, St. Clair 0 • The magical run by the Bulldogs ended at the hands of the top team in Class 2.
Kyleigh Roe scored three goals to lead Pleasant Hill (23-1).
Prior to the defeat, St. Clair (15-8-1) had won its first district title and sectional playoff game in school history.